Optimal Nonlinear Taxation of Income and Education Expenditures
Despite using a variety of models and assumptions, the existing literature has overwhelmingly concluded that education policy should be regressive. In this paper, we examine a two-period model in which the government may impose non- linear taxes on both labour income and education expenditures. Individuals un- dertake education in the OÌˆrst period to increase their second-period wages. Our main result is that optimal education policy in our model is progressive. SpeciOÌˆ- cally, if the government can commit, it is optimal for high-skill individuals to face a zero marginal tax rate on their education expenditures, while that for low-skill individuals is negative. If the government cannot commit, the optimal marginal tax rate on education expenditures by high-skill individuals is positive, while that for low-skill individuals remains negative.
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"The Design of Optimal Education Policies,"
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"Optimal Nonlinear Income Taxation with Habit Formation,"
200810, University of California at Riverside, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2008.
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